New War Child Film highlights the psychological effects of war

Charity Warchild have launched a new film which highlights the devastating effects of war on childhood mental health and wellbeing. The video highlights the important issue of the strain that conflict can have on the mental health of children who have been affected by war, long after they have left the actual war zone. This film is viewed as part of the charities wider work prioritising the provision of mental health and psychosocial services for children affected by conflict, and their communities. This emotional film follows a small robot as…

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Nine out of ten us believe in reaching out with a brew, says Samaritans

This year the Samaritans undertook a campaign to turn Blue Monday (15 Jan) into Brew Monday by encouraging people to get together for a cup of tea and a chat on what has been dubbed the most difficult day of the year. They believe tea and talking is a great way to connect with people. Nine out of ten of those who responded to a YouGov survey commissioned for Brew Monday believe having a cuppa and a chat with someone who may be lonely is a good way of reaching…

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Help Musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health support line and service for the music industry

In December 2017 the country’s leading independent music charity, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), launched its landmark new 24/7 mental health service ‘Music Minds Matter’ for anyone working in the music industry. The Music Minds Matter service is the industry’s most comprehensive yet – combining advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Uniquely, the service also provides access to the charity’s grant funding, and individuals may also access advice on legal issues, debt and benefits. This is a first for the British music…

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Mind make ads driven by our mental health

Mind – a Swedish non-profit organization working for mental health – promotes their new forum for mental health with a series of interactive outdoor ads emphasizing the importance of sharing our emotions with others. Science says sharing problems with somebody else makes us feel better. Mind wants to spread that knowledge and ease the stigma around mental health issues. Earlier this year they launched the first moderated support forum addressing mental health in Sweden. A platform that is open to anyone and enabling you to share thoughts, feelings and support…

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CAP Launch article on Getting it right on mental health in Advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) have released an article on their website which deals with Advertisers getting it right with regards to mental health. Please have a look at the ASA site if this is of interest. The article is below: Mental health problems affect approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK every year, and advertisers have a responsibility to make sure their ads don’t have an adverse impact on those affected or on society more generally.  The CAP Code contains a number of rules that can help advertisers…

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